Eye books 'Hawaii Five-O' among new pilots
CBS spread the good news to its pilot producers on Monday, giving greenlights to four dramas and another comedy for the coming season.
The dramas all hail from CBS TV Studios: “Hawaii Five-O,” “Defenders,” the spinoff of “Criminal Minds” and Tom Selleck starrer “Blue Bloods” (formerly known as “Reagan’s Law”). The comedy comes from Warner Bros. TV: “$#*!” My Dad Says.” CBS’ first series order for the new season also went to Warner Bros. TV last week, for laffer “Mike and Molly” from Chuck Lorre.
The Eye unveils its 2010-11 season sked Wednesday with a presentation at Carnegie Hall.
The “Hawaii Five-O” redo, starring Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan and Daniel Dae Kim, has been a slam dunk for a greenlight for weeks. Pilot was penned by Peter Lenkov, who exec produces with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.
“Defenders” stars Jim Belushi and Jerry O’Connell as a pair of fiery Las Vegas defense attorneys. Pilot was penned by Niels Mueller and Kevin Kennedy, who exec produce with “CSI” maven Carol Mendelsohn, Joe Gantz, Harry Gantz and Davis Guggenheim. Mendelsohn will do double duty next season as an exec producer and uber-showrunner on “Defenders” and “CSI.”
The “Criminal Minds” spinoff stars Forest Whitaker, Matt Ryan, Michael Kelly and Beau Garrett. Chris Mundy penned the pilot and exec producers with Ed Bernero, Mark Gordon and Deb Spera.
“Blue Bloods” revolves around a large family of cops in New York. Selleck stars alongside Len Cariou, Bridget Moynahan, Don- nie Wahlberg, Flex Alexander, Will Estes and Dylan Moore. Series was penned by “Sopranos” alums Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green, who exec produce alongside Leonard Goldberg.
“$#*!” My Dad Says,” starring William Shatner, stems from the popular Twitter feed written by Justin Halperin reporting the pearls of wisdom that come from his 73-year-old father. Halpern and Patrick Schumacker are exec producers.
Still up in the air are the fate of a few bubble CBS shows, including dramas “Cold Case” and “Ghost Whisperer” and comedies “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and “Rules of Engagement.”